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The Illustration Holiday Shopping List: Part Two

Here’s the second installment of Illustration’s shopping list, where we spotlight art, publications, and various wares created by Illustration Department alumni and faculty.

aaron stewart pillowsIllustration Alum Aaron Stewart has created a line of pillows in the shape of fantastic pooches and cute kitties. Here’s an official description:

Created by Aaron Stewart and Hornet Toys, this line of comfy, cozy pillows features our first edition designs of bow-wow-beautiful doggies and purrrfectly snuggle-worthy kitties. PillowPillowPillows make a great gift for family, friends and you (why not give yourself a bone?). They appeal to pet lovers of every age, from cat-crazy kids to pooch-loving grandmas. Our pillows look great on your couch, in your car, on the plane and atop your bed too!

Aaron is hard at work on the second edition, but in the meantime, you can buy pieces from the first collection here. Make sure to check out Aaron’s website as well, where you can submit pictures of your own pet for future pillow immortalization!

lawlor boathouse

Boathouse from The Central Park Drawings, Ronnie Lawlor

Parsons Alumna and Illustration Faculty Ronnie Lawlor has a series of drawings from Central Park available through Gallery 1482, a site that features a variety of artist and graphic communicators. As Ronnie says, “Studio 1482 consists of nine members with one common goal – to communicate visually in new, unique and exciting ways. Each member of the studio works both as an individual and in concert with the other eight. The studio is based on reportage – drawing and illustrating on site. This kind of engagement creates unusual visual solutions that are graphically appropriate for the problem at hand.” Soon, another series by Ronnie, called Sensations, will be made available.

our dumb world

Illustration Alumni and Faculty member Bob Sikoryak contributed several illustrations to Our Dumb World: The Onion’s Atlas of the Planet Earth, 73rd Edition. Bob is also working on some animation and fake archival graphics for the feature film “The Bentfootes,” a dance mockumentary, which will be showing at the Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, as a part of The Dance On Camera Festival, January 5 and 6, 2008. Program 9 on the festival features the Bentfootes & a few shorts and happens on Saturday, Jan 5th at 4 p.m. (repeats Sunday, Jan 6th at 8:30pm).

Walter Reade Theatre
Lincoln Center Plaza,165 West 65th Street
January 2-6, 11, 18-19, 2008

mr. wiggles 435

Illustration Faculty member Neil Swaab has two volumes of his popular comic, Mr. Wiggles available–Rehabilitating Mr. Wiggles: Vol. 1 and Rehabilitating Mr. Wiggles (Attitude Featuring) (Attitude). An interview with Neil once announced that, “rumour has it Mr. Wiggles may have been born out of some “orgy with Smokey the Bear, Winnie the Pooh, Snuggles the fabric-softener Bear (later murdered by Wiggles, see Vol 1) and a loose female Build-A-Bear.” DNA results are still pending.”

Catch more of Mr. Wiggles here and also make sure check out Neil’s antics at his website.

The Illustration Holiday Shopping List: Part One

Over the next week, there will be several posts featuring books, crafts, art, and various other wares created by Illustration Department students, alums, and faculty members. Here’s a sneak peek, starting with items from two Illustration Alums. Enjoy!

samaras magi puzzle

Illustration Alum Isabel Samaras has created a limited edition jigsaw puzzle out of her recent painting Song of Birth: The 3 Magi. Here’s what she says on her blog:

The edition for this puzzle is only 50, they are $50 each (plus shipping), and they have 50 pieces — just kidding! They actually have 192 pieces — *that* oughta keep you busy for a while!

Learn more about this special item here and make sure to visit Isabel’s website to see more of her work.

masuda ornament

Coco Masada (Illustration, ’83) recently opened an online store, showcasing apparel and merchandise featuring her artwork. Browse her collection of ornaments, t-shirts, and other goodies here. See more of Coco’s work on her website.

one candle popp

 Illustration Faculty Wendy Popp has several books available including One Candle.  A brief description reads:

Amidst the food and the festivities of Hanukkah, Grandma and Great-Aunt Rose tell their story. Bunting’s touching and joyous story about the importance of remembrance is exquisitely rendered by Popp’s remarkable pastels.

Wendy has taught Sophomore Concepts in the Illustration Department for a number of years.  Find copies of her book here!

Check back soon for new posts with more gift ideas!

Giant Robot announces an exhibition with Illustration Alum Jill Bliss

jill bliss @ giant robot


Jill Bliss and Saelee Oh at GR2
Los Angeles, CA
December 8 – January 9

Giant Robot presents Hidden Habitats, an art show featuring the work of Jill Bliss and Salee Oh. Jill graduated from the Illustration department and has since given presentations to our students as an alum & visiting artist. Here is an excerpt from the official press release:

Jill Bliss grew up on a family farm in Northern California where everything was hand-built or cultivated-the food, the house, the farm machinery, and even the family computers. Since graduating from the Parsons School of Design & the California College of the Arts, her professional background has included fashion design, illustration, and design theory. Whether designing limited-edition paper goods or fine art pieces, all of her work reveals a fondness for combining fabric, paper, and other found materials.

For this show, the artists will make individual and collaborative drawings, paper cut-outs, sewn soft sculptures, and other pieces that expand on the theme of their third collaborative calendar, Hidden Habitats. The artwork depicts houses, shelters, buildings, and dwellings incorporating and blending into nature. These dwellings are sometimes human-sized, but more often than not sized for real and imagined animals, reptiles, or bugs.

In this body of work, both artists explore the underlying structures of nature, the inherent beauty and interdependence of these structures, and human nature’s interpretation of and dependence upon them. The original drawings, many of which have been altered or expanded upon since the making of the calendar, will also provide insight into the artists’ digital and hand-drawn collaborative process.

For more information about the exhibition, visit the Giant Robot site.

2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 445-9276

Carousel–Wednesday, October 17th

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Dixon Place presents…

Cartoon slide shows & other projected pictures
presented by a glittering array of artists, performers, graphic novelists, & other characters.

Hosted by R. Sikoryak

Leela Corman
Emily Flake
K. Thor Jensen
Doug Skinner
Brian Michael Weaver
Craig Yoe
and more!

Wednesday, October 17
8 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm)

Dixon Place
258 Bowery, 2nd Fl, between Houston & Prince

Tickets: $12 or TDF; $10 student/senior

Advance tickets & more info:
(212) 219-0736

Downright @ Pink Elephant Projects (featuring Illustration Alums & Faculty)



curated by Jashar Awan
October 5 – Nov. 17, 2007

PEP is excited to present Downright, an illustration show, curated by our own Jashar Awan. In anticipation of the December release of Taschen’s Illustration Now 2, in which Awan is featured, we asked Jashar, an artist whose work has been seen in many galleries and in popular publications such as The New York Times, Vibe, and The New Yorker, to put together a show of his favorite comtemporary illustrators. The outcome is a gathering of 40 artists pulled together in one spot, PEP. From highly renowned artists to rising stars, the show is not to be missed.

Featuring Illustration Faculty & Alums: George Bates, Jordin Isip, Phillip Fivel Nessen, Chang Park

Pink Elephant Projects (PEP)
64 Washington Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11205